Week of Welcome

New students walk to Autzen Stadium for their class photo
Welcome Home.

Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome 2022 will be special indeed, as we provide an amazing first-year kickoff to the Class of 2026 and our new transfer students.

During Week of Welcome (WOW) we gear up for the new school year and welcome all our new students. To introduce students to our campus community, we host a number of activities and programs before classes begin so students can become familiar with the university’s array of resources, meet new people, and make new friends.

WOW will be September 22–26. Parents and family members, please refer to families.uoregon.edu/wow for events specifically to you.

For the most up-to-date WOW information specifically around event locations and times, please keep an eye on this webpage for updated details.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Unpack the Quack (Move-In)
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Check your My Housing portal for details for your move-in

Refer to University Housing for questions about move-in. Some programs such as Oregon Marching Band, Clark Honors College, and some Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) have earlier move-in dates. Please discuss those with contacts in those areas for more information.

Check your My Housing portal or ask your resident assistant (RA) for information about your mandatory hall meeting.

University Housing Community Meetings
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Led by residence life staff and student leaders, these meetings will help you get to know your new community and inform you about residence hall expectations, helpful academic resources, and how you can get a great start to living on campus. This meeting is required for all incoming students who have moved in.

Check your My Housing portal or ask your RA for your meeting date and location.

Movie After Move-In
7:15 p.m. | Global Scholars Hall Great Lawn

Join the Residence Hall Association and Ducks After Dark for a movie on the lawn, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Bring blankets to sit on and be ready to kick off the year!


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Unpack the Quack (Move-In)
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Check your My Housing portal for details for your move-in

Refer to University Housing for questions about move-in. Some programs such as Oregon Marching Band, Clark Honors College, and some Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) have earlier move-in dates. Please discuss those with contacts in those areas for more information.

Check your My Housing portal or ask your resident assistant (RA) for information about your mandatory hall meeting.

University Housing Community Meeting
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Led by residence life staff and student leaders, these meetings will help you get to know your new community and inform you about residence hall expectations, helpful academic resources, and how you can get a great start to living on campus. This meeting is required for all incoming students who moved in on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Check your My Housing portal or ask your RA for your meeting date and location.

Walk to Autzen and Class of 2026 Photo
Meet your RA at 6:15 p.m.; kick-off and photo at 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Grab your class shirt and gather with your whole class in one place, creating a photo for the ages. Sync up with your RA between 6:15–6:30 p.m. in your residence hall to head over to Autzen Stadium for your class photo.

For accommodations related to disability, please contact Student Orientation Programs at 541-346-1159 to learn more about the Access Shuttle to Autzen Stadium.

Off-Campus Student Meet-Up and Walk to Autzen
6:15 p.m. | Student Welcome Center, Unthank Residence Hall

Are you an incoming student who is living off campus this upcoming year? Join us at the Student Welcome Center to head over to Autzen Stadium to grab your class shirt and participate in the class photo.

For accommodations related to disability, please contact Student Orientation Programs at 541-346-1159 to learn more about the Access Shuttle to Autzen Stadium.

Duck N2 the Rec
9:00–11:00 p.m. | Student Recreation Center

Duck N2 the Rec and experience all the programs and services available to students such as: open recreation, fitness classes, intramural sports, aquatics, physical education classes, climbing, and more! There will be free food, inflatables, games, and music! Bring a sense of adventure, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and hang out with your new friends over at the Rec.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

University Convocation
10:30–11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) | Matthew Knight Arena

University Convocation is the traditional “calling together” of the university community as we start the new year and celebrate our new students. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

Flock Party
Noon–2:30 p.m. | EMU Green

Get connected to student clubs and activities on campus. From academic-based groups to social ones, large and small, discussions and events—there is a club or activity for everyone!

Transfer Student HYPE
3:00 p.m. | EMU Amphitheater

This event is specific to transfer students. Transfer students, it’s your time to shine. Meet us in the EMU Amphitheater where the Transfer Team and a special friend will teach you all our greatest UO chants and traditions. Families, spouses, children, and furry friends of incoming transfer students are welcome.

Late Night Kick-Back
10:00 p.m.–midnight | EMU Green

Head over to the Erb Memorial Union Green for some late night food, fun, and music. Bring your new friends or come to make some! There will be lawn games galore and plenty of chill vibes.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

We Are Oregon Pep Rally
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; pep rally starts at 10:00 a.m. | Hayward Field

We’ll celebrate Duck athletics, meet coaches and players, and learn about our Duck traditions. With special appearances from the Oregon Marching Band, Cheer, and the Duck, as well as select coaches, you will learn all about what it takes to be a Duck on game day. Be sure to arrive early for free Franz donuts and rally towels provided by ACC. Go Ducks!

UO Women’s Volleyball vs. Stanford
Doors open 11:00 a.m.; game starts at noon | Matthew Knight Arena

Stick around after the Pep Rally and test your skills in the Pit Crew by supporting your No. 19 Oregon volleyball team as they go head-to-head with No. 14 Stanford.

Transferring Home: Welcome to the UO
1:30 p.m. | EMU Ballroom

This event is specific to transfer students. Spend time getting to know more about the UO and transfer-specific opportunities. Meet and hear from campus partners and socialize with other incoming transfer students.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

If you’re in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) this fall, you will have a FIG meeting on Monday, September 26. Please check your email for details about time and location.

College Block
9:00 a.m.–noon | EMU Green

Start your year on the right webbed foot with College Block! Connect with departments and student service offices to explore academic and extracurricular opportunities at the UO. These relationships will help you become that best “you” that you can be. Plus, there’ll be games, food, swag, and more!

Find Your Classes Tours
1:00–4:00 p.m. | EMU Amphitheater

Entering the wrong classroom on your first day happens—but it doesn’t have to. We’ll help you look and feel like an expert on your first day of classes.

Paint and Plant Date
2:00 p.m. | Living Learning Center, Performance Hall

Join the Residence Hall Association to decorate a planter and choose a new plant for your residence hall room! Bring a friend or make one here.

Rest Up!

September 27 is the first day of classes.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

First Day of Classes

Wear your best UO and Duck gear while attending your official first day of college. You’ve got this!

Lip Sync Battle
7:30 p.m. | Global Scholars Hall, Great Room

Do you believe you could thrive in a lip-sync competition? Do you enjoy winning prizes and having some fun? Come perform with the Residence Hall Association for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Bring a friend, grab your roommate, or make new friends here!


Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, September 25, and is observed by many UO students, faculty members, and staff. In addition to several other events, services, and programs offered by Oregon Hillel, other events and services in observance of the High Holy Days are offered for Ducks:

Sunday, September 25

Rosh Hashanah Dinner
5:00 p.m. | Oregon Hillel                            

Rosh Hashanah Services
7:00 p.m. | Gerlinger Hall

Monday, September 26

Rosh Hashanah Services
10:00 a.m. | Gerlinger Hall

You can find the complete list of events, programs, and services offered by Oregon Hillel on their website.